Effective Altruism and Charity.
Effective altruism: a philosophy and social movement that applies scientific evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world.
Unfortunately, there are numerous causes of suffering and injustice in the world (“problems”). Fortunately, there are thousands of charities that exist to help mitigate these problems and reduce the suffering the problems create. However, not all of these problems cause an equal amount of suffering. In fact, there are some problems that cause orders of magnitude more suffering than others.
As such, if a person, community or government decides to give a certain amount time or money to charitable causes, it makes logical sense to focus efforts and funding for charities that specifically target the BIGGEST problems, i.e. the problems that cause the most amount of suffering. Once you’ve identified the biggest problems, then it’s possible to evaluate which of the charities that work on that problem are the most effective within that group. Once you’ve found those, you then have a reasonable estimation of which charities have the greatest potential impact on the world.
Raising For Effective Giving
I’m proud to be a co-founder of the charitable movement Raising for Effective Giving, known as “REG”. The core idea behind REG is that the money won in poker can do so much more than just benefiting ourselves. By donating a portion of these winnings to highly effective charities, it helps the people and issues that are in most desperate need. The donations via REG are assigned to specific charities that are chosen via the concepts of effective altruism as explained above.
The idea for REG came about when Igor Kurganov and Philipp Gruissem and I became involved in discussions with a team of effective altruists from GBS Schweiz about charitable giving. We then came to the conclusion that this idea could be an extremely effective way of raising money for charity via the poker community. Our goal is to spread this message further through the poker industry, and if you are interested to read more, contribute your ideas and/or donate yourself, check out www.reg-charity.org
Man-made climate change is set to be one of the biggest issues humanity has ever faced and I am working to raise understanding and awareness of it. 350.org is one of the most effective charities dedicated to this issue. Their goal is to create a global movement via grassroots organisation in 188 countries to hold political leaders accountable to the realities of science to ensure a sustainable future.
The number 350 means climate stability: to preserve a liveable planet, scientists are telling us we must rapidly reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its 2015 level of 400 parts per million to back below 350 ppm. To put that in perspective, the Earth’s current atmospheric CO2 is 40% higher than it was just before the Industrial Revolution (280ppm). Before the 20th century the highest level of atmospheric CO2 in the last 800,000 years was 300ppm. The latest measurement from January 2015 is 30% higher than that highest point. For further information on these statistics, take a look at NASA’s advisory site: http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
To find out how you can help visit www.350.org
Cancer Research UK
On the 1st June 2013, I ran the 10k for ‘Race for Life’ for Cancer Research UK. Cancer is sadly a disease that is often in the forefront of our minds with every one of us experiencing its devastating effects on either ourselves or a loved one. CRUK, is a foundation that, with your help and support, is our best weapon in the fight against this disease. There is still time to show your support by donating on my Just Giving page. Donate to cancer research
SOS Children’s Charity
The SOS Children’s charity is the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Support of this charity can provide homes for children and families around the world. Visit SOS Children’s charity